Supreme Court Decision: An Interview with D. A. Carson

Greg Strand – June 29, 2015 2 Comments

D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, TEDS, our EFCA seminary, is one of the top New Testament Evangelical scholars. Not only is he a gifted New Testament scholar, he is also an astute theologian, and he is a churchman. Additionally, Carson has a keen sense of what it means for Christians to live as the people of God in this culture (cf. Christ and Culture Revisited [2008] and The Intolerance of Tolerance [2012]).

Carson was interviewed about the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex “marriage.” In this 18 minute interview, Carson responds to the following questions/issues:

  • How would you respond to one who asked for your thoughts regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex “marriage”? (0:00-5:15)
  • Do you believe this marks a new era for the church in the United States? (5:15-7:15)
  • What would you say to fellow believers who may be angry or feel betrayed by this ruling? (7:15-9:20)
  • With this ruling on Friday and the church gathering on Sunday, if you were a pastor what would you preach? (9:20-11:00)
  • How will this ruling affect religious freedom? (11:00-14:10)
  • What impact will this decision have on the international community, and specifically how will the global church view this? (14:10-18:24)

I encourage you to listen to this interview, and then forward it on to your elders and other leaders. And then discuss it. As you do so, please ponder these additional questions:

  • How do you sense this will affect your pastoral ministry?
  • How do you think this will affect the church and its ministry?
  • How will you respond, what will you plan to do?
  • What additional questions would you ask?

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

2 responses to Supreme Court Decision: An Interview with D. A. Carson

  1. David Gustafson July 1, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    How should pastors approach counseling gays and lesbians who seek divorce? Should pastors recommend legal annulment since the marriage is not recognized by the church? Legal divorce? To remain married as in the case of polygamists who convert to Christ, as seen on the mission field?

  2. Where can I find this interview with D.A. Carson?

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